You can rename or move your shared folders just like you would any other folder on your hard drive or via the website. Even if you rename it, the folder will still remain shared. However, changing the name of the shared folder or its location will not change its name or location in the Dropbox of other members.


I moved some folder. Control x control v. And the folder is no longer shared.

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The method you use to move the folder is what likely broke the "share". If you drag a folder using Windows Explorer or Finder, Dropbox sees that as a single operation — a simple "change the location of this folder" request — and will maintain the shared status and share link. The folder's location is moved.

If you cut and paste the folder, Dropbox sees it as two unrelated things: first the folder is deleted (even if your computer has actually made a copy on its clipboard — but Dropbox doesn't necessarily know that) and then some time later when you hit "paste", whether moments or hours later, a folder is being created with a bunch of content in it (which your computer dumps in from its clipboard). But it's a new folder, a new copy.

The difference between cut/paste versus dragging to move folders doesn't make a lot of difference to us: different means to the same end — but it's very different from a file system's point of view.

To keep shares and links alive, either stick to dragging folders (you can open multiple Explorer/Finder windows if it helps), or use the Dropbox web interface - right-click a folder and choose "Move..." on the pop up menu.


If you move a shared folder inside of another shared folder—perhaps while organizing your Dropbox—the folder will change locations and break any shared links. Shared folders cannot be "nested" within another folder, and this action will register that you have opted to leave the shared folder. Moving a shared folder into another folder means you will no longer see changes collaborators make to files within that folder. However, this nesting does not affect other users.


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